Lifelong Co-operative Party member John McFall revealed how easy it is to get your constituency's vote at the BSA's annual lunch last week if you are only willing to get your hands dirty.
Labour MP McFall was laid into by a constituent who blamed him for the failure of his washing machine – bought at his local Co-op.
The challenge – “You'll only get my vote if you sort out my washing machine” – was manfully taken up by McFall, who got it fixed and got the vote.
Yet more was revealed about McFall's murky past at the BSA lunch when he told the gathered building society luminaries of his days as a teacher. Apparently, while outside the local police station one day, McFall was startled by a greeting from one of his former students, flanked by two policemen and wearing handcuffs.
When McFall made enquiries as to his health, the young man turned to the policemen and muttered: “He used to be my guidance teacher.”